Our book: One For The Money, by Janet Evanovich. Our hapless heroine: Stephanie Plum. I’m kind of going out of order in the book because of the Pineapple Upside -Down Cake. The pot roast comes much earlier in chapter one, when Stephanie must break the news to her parents that she has been unemployed for 6 months. This is when her father suggests she work for her cousin Vinny, not as a bounty hunter but as his file clerk:
Just the career move I’d been hoping for – filing for Vinnie. Of all my relatives, Vinnie was my least favorite. Vinnie was a worm, a sexual lunatic, a dog turd. “What does he pay?” I asked.
As for the pot roast, Stephanie explains the importance of pot roast in the burg:
Food is important in the burg. The moon revolves around the earth, the earth revolves around the sun, and the burg revolves around pot roast. For as long as I can remember, my parents’ lives have been controlled by five-pound pieces of rolled rump, done to perfection at six o’clock.
Since this blog is all about good food easy, this pot roast recipe is for the slow-cooker. Put it together in the morning, turn it on and come home to a complete meal. And if your daughter, husband, wife or crazy grandmother is late, no worries, this one won’t dry out.
Slowcooker Pot Roast
- 2-3 lbs chuck roast
- ¼ to ½ cup water or beef broth
- splash of red wine
- 1 tsp rosemary
- 1 clove garlic, peeled and minced
- 2 bay leaves (remove before serving)
- ½ tsp salt & pepper
- 1 large onion, quartered
- 6 medium potatoes, quartered
- 1 lb bag baby carrots
Optional: coat roast in1 tbsp flour and brown on all sides in 2 tbsp oil in skillet before adding to slowcooker. Nice, but not necessary for great flavor.
Add roast and liquid to slowcooker. Sprinkle rosemary, garlic, bay leaves, salt & pepper on top of roast. Add in order: onion, potatoes and carrots (this keeps carrots from over cooking). Cover & cook according to your slowcooker directions (they vary considerably) usually 8 to 10 hours on low.